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Username: spot
Date/Time: Thu, November 8, 2001 at 10:15 PM GMT
Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer V5.5 using Windows 98
Subject: How long will domain names be used to organise the Internet?


A friend of mine thinks that domain names will be phased out in a couple of years. He believes voice recognition advances will render domain names obsolete.

I was wondering whether anyone has heard anything about this. Really I guess he is forecasting two changes here:

1. that keywords will replace domains, and
2. that voice recognition interfaces will accept speech rather than text to direct you to a site about your keywords.

I can imagine that voice recognition will increase in popularity as a module installed is OS platforms like Windows, and browsers are already accepting keywords, but I don't trust the browser/ Microsoft's response to the keywords. I would much rather use an established accredited search engine i.e. visit a domain that will redirect me to a suitable site.

This is a point which concerns me and no doubt others in this forum who purchase domains, sometimes as a commodity. What do people think is the life of domains?  2 years, 5 years, 10 years, decades (like phone numbers)?

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